“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” Came across this quote by Danish Philosopher Soren Kierkeggard, and it captured me for a while, stopped the tracks of the present from becoming the future, so to speak. Started searching the phrase and I ended up with a number of quotes regarding time and the future. Ever wondered what’ll happen if you receive a notice that says: “Tomorrow has been cancelled. The day after tomorrow has been postponed and will now occur on the following day." And suddenly you have an extended Present that refuses to flow into Tomorrow (Think Groundhog day) and if we live without expectations, then there's no future, only an endless present (François Jacob).
"Although the future will never happen, it is already here: no matter how fast you run after it, the future will run just as fast. It is always around the next corner. If you pause to catch your breath, the future will pause too, waiting for you, just around the corner, out of sight. But how can it know you so well, when you don't know it? “
Or according to The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce, the Future is defined as “that period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true, and our happiness assured.” Or as a riddle by Joseph Cornish, what does not exist and never has existed, yet is our most precious possession, because it is all we have left?
Perhaps a quote by the Mexican Poet, Octavio Paz is apt at this time, "The supreme value is not the future but the present. The future is a deceitful time that always says to us, 'Not Yet,' and thus denies us... Whoever builds a house for future happiness builds a prison for the present."
Apple on the Inside is from the second Catmasutra painting exhibition and where time collapses into a single point of inactivity, caught "in-between" time- it's right there, just an apple on the inside...